Fall Garden Events

Home Grown  by Keith Reed
Payne County has two outstanding gardening events coming up soon. While we were already excited for them, the recent stretch of cool nights should really give ornamental plants a boost and the gardens should really begin to sparkle.

Coming first is The Botanic Garden at OSU’s GardenFest and Mum Sale on Saturday September 30th. The free event will be from 10am-2pm. Activities include garden tours led by an outstanding team of Botanic Garden Ambassadors, educational booths, children’s activities, garden related product vendors, live music and food trucks.

If you’ve been to the Botanic Garden this summer, you already know that it has looked outstanding all season. This is in large part due to the increases in the number of summer interns. In times of ever-decreasing budgets, a key to funding these interns is the mum sale. So, while GardenFest is a free event, please consider investing generously in not only some beautiful fall color for your landscape, but the care of the Botanic Garden itself and the students who are a vital key to making the garden a local treasure.

The following weekend on Sunday October the 8th, join the Payne County Master Gardeners for our Fall Garden Tour. This tour of private home gardens will be held from 12:30-4pm. and will feature a surprising diversity of stunning landscapes. Tickets are available in advance for $5 at GardenFest or the Payne County Extension office. Tickets can also be purchased at any of the gardens on the day of the event for $7. Children under 12 are welcome to attend for no charge.

In addition to the private home tour, the Master Gardeners are very pleased to announce the OSU campus will be a part of this year’s tour. Campus horticultural staff will be on hand in four key gardens to talk in-depth about some of the recent landscaping efforts on campus. You don’t want to miss this! Details available on the web at paynecountymastergardeners.org or at the contact point listed below.

For more information on this or any other horticultural topic, you can contact Keith Reed, the Horticulturist in the Payne County Extension office. Keith can be reached via email at
keith.reed@okstate.edu, phone at 405-747-8320, or in person at the Payne County Extension office, located at 315 W. 6th in Stillwater.

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